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Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850

an unknown artist

pencil, pastel and watercolour on paper (frame: 19.4 cm x 16.5 cm, sight: 13 cm x 9.8 cm)

Mary Hassall (nee Rouse), the eldest of Richard and Elizabeth's children, was born in England and made the sea journey to New South Wales as an infant. For a period prior to her marriage she worked for Elizabeth and Lachlan Macquarie as a governess to their son Lachlan junior. In 1819, she married Jonathon Hassall (d. 1834), the son of missionary and landowner Rowland Hassall. The marriage produced eight children, five of whom survived to adulthood. Mary was widowed in her mid thirties and never remarried.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Accession number: 2009.120

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Mary Rouse (age 51 in 1850)

Subject professions

Migration and colonisation

Donated by

Mrs Pamela Glasson (7 portraits)

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1. Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850. All an unknown artist.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.